Groton Long Point

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Groton Long Point (GLP) is a political subdivision of the town of Groton, on Long Island Sound in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 667 at the 2000 census. Used mostly by families as a summer resort, life in Groton Long Point is very different depending on the season.

The area is administered by the Groton Long Point Association (GLPA), which was established by an act of the Connecticut Legislature in 1921 [1] presumably to enable seasonal residents to tax and issue bonds to provide services that the town of Groton could not or would not. (Today such a special taxing district can be formed by Connecticut residents on their own without special acts of the Legislature.) The area is treated by the U.S. Census Bureau as a borough, even though the area is not officially incorporated as such.

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Summer life

Summer in Groton Long Point runs roughly from mid-June to early-September. The actual living population of the town is dramatically larger during the summer months as nearly every property is either occupied by its owners or rented to summer tenants. The Groton Long Point Yacht Club, a cross between a traditional yacht club and a summer camp, runs many classes for children. These include swimming, sailing, sports and tennis lessons. The Yacht Club also organizes evening events such as dances, movies and scavenger hunts for children; events are also organized for adults and families, including concerts (at nearby Esker Point), dances, and fireworks.

Just as the number of people in GLP increases dramatically during the summer months compared to the winter months, the number of people around during summer weekends increases dramatically compared to summer weekdays.

Winter life

Being a summer community, Groton Long Point experiences something of an exodus in early September as many of the summer families and the renters exit, leaving only a small number of full-time residents in the fall, winter and spring months. Children remaining often attend nearby Fitch Senior High School, in Groton.

Groton Long Point Volunteer Fire Department

The Point is Protected by the Groton Long Point Volunteer Fire Department, year round. Established in 1951, its purpose: "the preservation of lives and property, the extinguishment of fires, the provision of emergency medical services and social assembly". The Fire Department host events year around, from the 4th of July parade to a Halloween party. For More information visit www.GLPVFD.org

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.2 km2), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.1 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (4.44%) is water.

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